Women wondering what it is like to ride a motorbike, or keen to return to riding, can have their curiosity sated at next Thursday night’s Ladies Garage Party.
The event, hosted by Bundaberg Harley-Davidson, is aimed at new, aspiring and returning riders, with experienced riders and Wayne Holzberger from Bundaberg Motorcycle Training on hand to share their knowledge of bikes.
Bundaberg Harley-Davidson co-owner Jess Hood said the event would be conducted in a friendly and supportive atmosphere with drinks, nibbles, and gifts for every participant to help overcome the intimidation factor that some women feel when it comes to motorbikes.
“The whole idea is to get in ladies who have thought about riding bikes to come along and get some information and confidence about riding and learn some tricks to help them in their journey,” Jess said.
“Women can be a bit intimidated about getting on to a bike, but this is aimed at giving them the courage to take that next step, and it’s also for returning riders who want to get back into the sport.
“Bike riding is a great sport, especially on a Harley-Davidson, and I think would be surprised at who rides Harleys – it’s not just those who fit the stereotypes.”
Jess said Wayne would be able to provide all who attend with information on Q-Ride safety courses and licensing with Bundaberg Harley-Davidson’s staff, including Jess, also on hand to help, having completed advanced rider or rider training courses.
“There will not be any practical training done on the night, we won’t be riding, but we can share all the tips and techniques that women need to know before they take up riding,” Jess said.
Presentations on correct motorcycling gear, technology and customisation will also feature on the night.
Jess said she considered herself a returned rider having pursued her joy of riding at intermittent periods in between having children, but that had not diminished her love of it.
“I can’t describe the feeling, it’s just the freedom and the whole-body experience,” she said.
Bundaberg Harley-Davidson employee Lace Morrow has not let anything get in the way of her love for riding.
“I ride every day and every opportunity I get,” she said. “Two wheels really moves the soul.”
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